Ribble Delivers USS Marinette Letters to Navy

Apr 4, 2012 Issues: Congressional Reform

Washington, D.C. – Representative Reid Ribble (WI-08) delivered more than 3,500 letters to the U.S. Navy which were written by members of the community in support of naming a littoral combat ship after the town of Marinette, Wisconsin.

“The people of Marinette and the ship builders at Marinette Marine have great pride in their community and the work that they do,” said Ribble. “This effort shows the power a community can have when they work together and believe in something. I support naming a Navy littoral combat ship the USS Marinette to honor the people of Marinette and the reliable and exceptional ships that they have consistently produced.”

Background on how the Navy names a ship

Names for Navy ships traditionally have been chosen and announced by the Secretary of the Navy, under the direction of the President and in accordance with rules prescribed by Congress.  A congressional office wishing to submit a proposal to name a Navy ship for a specific place needs to contact the office of the Secretary of the Navy to make its support known.  In this case Marinette was the name suggested by Congressman Ribble.   Once this was done, Congressman Ribble encouraged the community to let the Secretary of the Navy know its support for naming the vessel the USS Marinette by writing letters.